Blog Posts by Kelley McCasland

Beware of the Refrigerator: Internet of Everything New Network Security Threats

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Windstream Senior Consultant Kent Landry predicts businesses and consumers will become more vulnerable to cybercrime in 2014 as the Internet of Everything (IOE) brings a larger number of entry points. Already, there are reports of one global cyber-attack launched from more than 100,000 home-networking routers, everyday gadgets, televisions and at least one refrigerator equipped with “smart” technology!

Summer Reading Series: Assignment #3 Network Security

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On any given day, I can open up a news website and find some reference to a network security breach or a new breed of cybercrime. These are never-ending security breaches and cybercrime stories with slightly different twists—like the scams with the emails addressed to “Your Most Royal Excellency,” from a “prince” in unfamiliar territory, advising that if you’d be so kind as to wire $3,200 immediately, you’re guaranteed a piece of his newly inherited estate. (Please tell me you haven’t responded to these.) Or the sweeping network security breaches affecting large, well-known enterprises—banks, credit card companies, hospitals and universities—that are occurring with alarming frequency.  And since security issues continue to grow and morph daily, I’m determined to arm myself with as much knowledge as possible to keep our network security products ahead of criminal activity. I’ve found some references that help me do just that and have shared them below.  Enjoy!

Managed Security Service Providers: Cyberheroes Against Cybercrime

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The IT security breach hits just keep coming, don’t they? No wonder managed security services are growing in popularity. As security threats all over the world are increasing, it seems we hear about fresh tactics each day in the news. Even more frustrating and challenging is the fact that the security threats keep changing and evolving in nature. Cyber criminals are becoming ever more sophisticated and these days, no business—large or small—is immune to the menacing dangers of these offenders.  

Deter Cyber Theft Act Underscores Need for Network Security Vigilance

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The Deter Cyber Theft Act, introduced to the U.S. Senate last month, underscores the importance of tight network security and a unified approach to threat management. The legislation, sponsored by Senators Carl Levin, D-MI, John McCain, R-AZ, Jay Rockefeller, D-WV and Tom Coburn, R-OK, outlines provisions to deter theft of intellectual property from U.S. businesses. This is the latest Congressional effort to enact cyber security legislation (highlights of the bill are outlined later in this post), but of course, the best strategy is a network security solution that protects proprietary information and prevents data from getting into the wrong hands in the first place.